Marylee Abrams

mabramsMarylee Abrams has worked as a labor and employment attorney for over 25 years. She previously worked for the teacher’s union and the largest police union in the State of Minnesota serving dual roles representing both union members and union management in internal workplace matters. This unique perspective from both sides of the table, lead her to open her own firm in 2008, dedicated solely to representing employers. She has arbitrated numerous disciplinary cases, been involved in both representing employees and conducting over 1,000 internal investigations, and lectured at numerous labor and employment seminars. Her firm covers a broad range of workplace issues facing employers including; union organizing, contract negotiations, arbitrations, unemployment challenges, unfair labor practices, workplace investigations, lay-offs, employee discipline, performance problems, employee handbooks, policies and procedures, and downsizing.

Professional Associations

  • Member of the Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member of the White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Member of the Ramsey County Bar Association
  • Sponsor of the Minnesota Association of Small Cities

Education

  • Hamline University – Bachelor of Science degree in Social Studies & English education (1975)
  • William Mitchell College of Law – Juris Doctorate degree (1983)

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota

 

Tiffany L. Schmidt

tschmidtTiffany L. Schmidt worked as a paralegal for three years in La Crosse, Wisconsin before deciding to go to law school. Since law school she has worked exclusively in the area of labor and employment law.  She has more than 10 years of experience negotiating labor agreements, arbitrating both interest and grievance cases, and advising clients on labor and employment issues. In 2008, she and her law partner, Marylee Abrams decided to bring their 30+ combined years of experience to benefit management and opened their firm, Abrams & Schmidt LLC. Tiffany’s practice focuses on representing Employers in labor and employment matters.

Professional Associations

  • Board of Director for the White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce.
  • Member of the Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member of the Ramsey County Bar Association
  • Sponsor of the Minnesota Association of Small Cities
  • Board of Director for the MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce.

Education

  • Winona State University – Bachelor of Science degree in paralegal studies (1995)
  • William Mitchell College of Law – Juris Doctorate degree (2001)

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota

 

Services

The attorneys of Abrams & Schmidt LLC provide effective counsel and representation to public and private sector employers in all facets of labor and employment law including:

  • Workplace Investigations
  • Collective bargaining, labor mediation, and arbitrations in unionized settings
  • Customized workplace training
  • Wage & Hour Compliance
  • FMLA, ADA, Human Rights
  • Harassment
  • Preparing and enforcing employment agreements including non-competition, confidentiality, non-solicitation agreements
  • Drafting and implementing employee handbooks
  • Difficult employee misconduct issues
  • Separation agreements
  • Unemployment issues and hearings
  • Hiring practices
  • Drug and alcohol testing
  • Independent contractors
  • Personnel policies
  • Best business practices
  • Veteran’s Preference hearings